By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
At least 59 dengue cases have been recorded in Negros Occidental since January 1, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported yesterday.
PHO’s Dengue Fever Surveillance Report for Morbidity Weeks 1 to 4 showed 40 suspected and 19 probable dengue cases were recorded in the province last month.
La Carlota City has the highest number of dengue cases with six, higher than four cases recorded during the same period last year.
Sagay City and Silay City each recorded six cases this year, higher than the recorded eight and 15 cases, respectively, for the same period in 2023.
Negros Occidental has also not recorded any dengue-related fatalities in January.
According to the PHO, the dengue attack rate in Negros Occidental is currently at two cases per 100,000 of the total population.
Valladolid town and La Carlota City have the highest attack rate, at one case per 10,000.
Dengue causes a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal.
According to the World Health Organization, individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever (40 degrees centigrade) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea/vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pains, and rashes.
For severe dengue, the warning signs to look out for are severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness.
Dengue is spread by the aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus mosquitoes./DGB, WDJ